Shared Streets Program Development

In 2020 and 2021, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) established eleven temporary Shared Streets to create safe and comfortable space for residents to walk, bike, roll, and play. These streets used short-term traffic calming methods to reduce vehicle trips and speeds which resulted in a significant increase in people walking and biking on these corridors. Based on this success, the City of Denver is creating a permanent Shared Streets Program.

To develop the future Shared Streets Program, the City will assess the success of the temporary shared streets, develop a set of design guidelines, and determine where Shared Streets could be implemented across the City.

Eleven
 (11) streets were converted to temporary “shared streets” starting in April 2020. 

These temporary Shared Streets included:

  • 30th Street – Welton to Larimer Streets
  • 16th Avenue – Grant Street to City Park Esplanade
  • 11th Avenue – Sherman to Humboldt Streets
  • 11th Avenue – Race to Colorado Boulevard
  • Byron Place – Zenobia to Vrain Streets
  • Stuart Street – 21st to 24th Avenues
  • Irving Street – 2nd Avenue to Gill Place
  • Bayaud Avenue – Sherman to Downing Streets
  • Marion Street – Downing Street to Virginia Avenue
  • Franklin Street – 37th to 28th Avenues
  • Bolling Drive – Dillon St to Granby Way


Temporary Shared Streets Locations


Program Development

The development of the Shared Streets Program kicked off in July 2022 and will conclude in the Spring of 2023.

Project Schedule graphic for Temporary Shared Streets Program

 


The City will conduct public outreach at three critical milestones:

  • Summer 2022 – Engage residents, businesses, and users along the temporary Shared Streets corridors to assess successes and gather "Lessons Learned."
  • Fall 2022 – Gather citywide input on potential future shared streets locations and guidelines for a permanent Shared Streets Program.
    • This phase of outreach is OPEN! 
    • We will be hosting a citywide public meeting on 10/25, 5:30pm-7pm.
    • Register now!
  • Winter 2023 – Present draft recommendations and seek feedback on Shared Street Program guidelines and priority shared street locations.

During each of these phases of outreach, there will be different ways to give input both online and in person. Continue to check this website for specific ways to give your input during the study period.


Photo of a Slow Down Shared Street sign hanging from a barricade
Photo of a Bayaud Avenue Shared Street sign on a pole and a barricade

Photo by Kevin Beatty at Denverite

Photo taken by Kevin Beatty at Denverite of residents walking and biking past a Road Closed To Thru Traffic sign and barricade

Photo by Kevin Beatty at Denverite

Photo taken by Kevin Beatty at Denverite of residents walking and biking past a Road Closed To Thru Traffic sign and barricade
16th Street Open Street